One of the first things we did as a new church was to plant a garden.
This garden signifies the hope, healing, and hospitality in and through Christ we long to experience and express.
It also represents our rootedness in Lakewood and will doubtlessly provide many opportunities for creative collaboration, care, and feasting.
CALLING ALL GARDENERS!!
Spring is just around the corner and it’s time to get the garden ready for another productive season!
WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE? We need to do some basic maintenance; such as tossing compost piles, nailing some of the boards that outline the beds, etc. We are also building a new garden workbench so we could use some help with that.
WHAT KIND OF VEGETABLES WILL BE PLANTED THIS YEAR? We have two areas for growing vegetables: raised beds in the back area near the parking lot and a large area that faces the street next to the church. This year we will grow tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, lettuce mix, kale mix, spinach, arugula, sugar snap peas, cukes, carrots, garlic, potatoes, beets, and okra. We are also considering some other veggies for our children’s garden. We have a permanent herb bed of rosemary, oregano, sage, and mint but also plant basil, dill, and parsley. In the front of our large garden we have a pollinator (perennial) garden that brings bees, ladybugs, and butterflies into our gardens.
WHEN DO YOU WORK IN THE GARDEN? This will be the garden’s 4th year! We have always had late Sunday afternoons as a time to get together at the garden around 4:30 until about 6:00 to pick veggies, water, plant/weed, etc. However, that Sunday afternoon garden time has actually become time to garden with our little friends in the Gospel Baptist Church (Burmese neighbor congregation). The children are mostly elementary-age and love to help out in the garden. This past year they planted watermelon, cabbage, jalapeños, beans, and okra and helped water and harvest these veggies with us. At the end of last season, we had some of their mothers working in the garden with us. We are planning to continue with that same time to garden with our friends this year as well. You can find Ned and Nancy in the garden nearly every day, either in the morning or early evenings. So, if you would like to join us in the garden, we will make time to meet you there—just let us know what works for you!
MEET US NEXT SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11th DURING POTLUCK TO ASK QUESTIONS AND FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OUR OAK CHURCH GARDEN MINISTRY.
Ned & Nancy Breslin